tv [untitled] November 4, 2010 9:00am-9:30am PST
>> he's on his way. >> good morning, and welcome to the november 4 meeting of the board of supervisors rules committee. i am campos, and to my left is alioto pier. eric mar is in route. linda wong is the clerk, and covering for sfgtv are don gardner and charles. >> the items agendad will go to the full board on november 16 unless otherwise indicated. supervisor campos: it has been a long week.
we are joined by eric mar. please call item 1 and 2. >> for the mayor's placement of art torres to the public utilities commission. item two, rejection of art torres to the public utilities commission. supervisor campos: i would like to call art torres, who has been appointed by gavin newsom. thank you for your interest in serving the city and county of san francisco. it's an opportunity for you to talk about your nomination and why you would like to serve, and the chance for any committee members to ask questions.
>> it's an honor to be here. i am part of the governing board for the stem cell agency. when the mayor asked if i wanted to serve, it was not a difficult response. i have been a taxpayer here since 1996 and this is my home. it's an honor when the mayor asks you to serve, this is a way of giving back, and very much it has been part of my life for many years. >> in the senate, i created the toxins committee and wrote proposition 65, which went to the voters for a clean drinking water standard.
i like what we did with pesticides. i learned about this with chavez in the united farmworkers union. pesticides have an impact on health and autism. i think the issues that will come before tehe puc are issues i am aware of. i believe my record lends itself to that and my consumer protection avocacdvocacy -- this the position i have been appointed. >> supervisor mar? supervisor mar: thank you for your service and interest in
serving. you would replace juliette ellis. a strong advocate for environmental justice. they've led the way for justic and policies within the puc. how would you continue the work she had started? >> this agenda is not foreign to me and i embrace this. i did this when i was elected to the enviromental committee. this was an issue to care about. environmental justice for the people living in san francisco have an impact on their lives and children. this has always been a priority.
>> the benefits you are grappling with is how you grapple local hiring with labor unions and workers for different projects. how do you balance the needs of labor unions and strong properties? >> i am from labor but we need to do more local hiring in san francisco and any city with major projects on the line. there is a way to strike a balance, with working men and women having a place at the table as we move forward. a number of percentages are there people are considering.
supervisor campos: anything else? i wanted to ask you something many people have been thinking about. we had the tragedy that happened down south with the gas pipelines and explosions. do you have any thoughts about this? we in san francisco are doing what we can to make sure this doesn't happen. we recognize there are other agencies, federal and state, with a role in that. do you believe the san francisco pc can make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent it. >> i have a lot of thoughts about that. my heart goes out to the
families at san bruno. this is the infrastructure that needs to be replaced. the puc needs a broader relationship with the state puc. i think we have to enforce the law and have substansive hearings to make sure our people are protected. the entity with gas pipes iand lines are under our own city. we don't know the reviews that are happening. i remember hearing about the explosion. and a manhole cover exploded the same day. it requires a coordinated effort, and i believe in the relationships we will have
with our governor and attorney general. supervisor campos: thank you, senator. we may now open it to public comment, if anybody would like to speak. we have a large turnout and a number of items. i'd like to limit this to two minutes per individual. >> good morning, i am eric brooks of the green party. whenever there is an appointment to this position, i will look on the internet to try to find out bad things about the appointee.
not only did i not find anything bad about him, i found out a lot of good things about him. this is an impressive candidate. it is impressive that he wants to serve local community. i believe that this is great. >> does the green party know that you are saying this about the chair of the democratic party? >> i will have that conversation with them later. this is a question that is very important. the staff, for the last six or seven years, has basically failed the community to move this forward, and the planet is in deep trouble. they need to start a major clean energy project and the rest of the cities will not follow and
it is crucial that we get this moving forward. at the stake holders meeting last night, we have the electricity resource plan that would put together an advisory team. we did not have the local power. one of the panel's recommendations was to do community choice. it is very important that the commission itself is pushing them to do what they are not doing right now. >> is there any other comment from any other member of the public? public comment has been closed. i was meaning to ask this question but we actually had this conversation. when i you going to talk about community choice aggregation? >> i want to make certain that the previous speaker understands that this is important, and
there are a number of things before the public utilities commission in this direction and i hoped that if this is approved, will be able to move forward with this as a proposal and the city to live with this economically as well as environmentally. supervisor alioto-pier: i have a comment. i just wanted to say that i am thrilled with this appointment. i believe that the mayor did a fabulous job, with all the work that he has an over the last few decades in california, not to mention in san francisco. and the work that he has been doing with stem cell research. i believe that he has shown tremendous leadership in different ways for the environment and he will become a benefit to the city and county
of san francisco and also the public utilities commission. i think that these comments were well placed. i think that there are few people who can get through, but he is one of them. having him in this branch would be an important asset to us. i fully support this nomination and like to move this forward. >> i just wanted to agree with the supervisor. i believe that this could help lot of the local efforts for the committed to choice and the supervisor and myself both said that it would be a pleasure if you are approved by the board. there are many projects within the public utility commission and also in the city as well. thank you for your leadership over 30 years.
>> if i may simply add to this, i think that the record of experience and accomplishments is unprecedented for a nominee for the public utilities commission. if so just happy that you are willing to serve and we are happy to have you. he was not the first member of your family to serve the city and county of san francisco. i wonder if we can take this motion without objection. this is the motion to table by the number two, and move forward item number one. we will send this with the committee report. we take this without objection. thank you and congratulations. can you call item three and four?
we have been joined by the president of the board of supervisors. >> this is the appointment of robert paterson, appointing him to the small business commission. item #4 is rejecting this. supervisor campos: we call on robert paterson to come forward. good morning and welcome to the rules committee. thank you for wanting to serve the city and county of san francisco. this is an opportunity to make brief remarks about the nomination, and provides an opportunity for us to ask questions. we have been joined by